Bit late but still...
Much more low key affair this year although I do have my eye on the Sheppard Neame brewery for a future Birthday ;-)
The actual date was last Saturday but celebrations kind of started the previous Saturday as, last year, it occured to me that I'd be in this country some 30 years and had still to do the London open-topped bus tour thing and it was fast approaching a full year since that thought. So, aeshna_uk
and I took the Original London Sightseeing Tour
, including a trip on the Thames itself. The route covered an awful lot of places and roads I've been to many times but there were still lots of things I hadn't noticed just because I was usually in a bit of a hurry!
As it happens, the Thames Festival was on that weekend too so we took a stroll along the South bank and got to take in the Fire Garden at the Tate Modern which was a pretty surreal, mesmerising experience.
We finished up quite late at Waterloo but I still popped down the road to the Horse to the LOTNA meeting anyway, not least to collect a UNIT t-shirt!
The actual day itself was pretty relaxed: pub meet at the Shakespeare Head then along briefly to the Green Man for venerable
's farewell drinks before moving to the US. Nice to catch up again with the Tangent 21 crowd again. Then, infeasibly large quantities of beef at Gaucho's with aeshna_uk
She also took me to see Avenue Q last night. Brilliant stuff! Hilariously politically incorrect stuff with a very definite edge to the lyrics. Everyone's a little bit racist sometimes, doesn't mean we go around committing hate crimes...
Can't help noticing it was the Japanese character was the only one who didn't deny it ;-)